AUSTIN, TX - Guns and undergrads could be a more prevalent pairing at public universities across the state of Texas, as a bill promoting concealed handguns on college campuses inches closer to passage.
Texas Senators voted 20-11 Wednesday in favor of Senate Bill 11, which, if passed, would allow anyone with a Concealed Handgun License to carry their weapon on public university campuses.
Heavy firepower is lined up against the bill. Critics of the campus carry legislation include William McRaven, the retired Navy Seal who directed the operation to kill Osama Bin Ladin. McRaven is now the Chancellor of the University of Texas System, and told lawmakers that handguns will make campus "less safe".
Groups like Moms Demand Action agree.
"This would actually force public universities in Texas to allow this, and it wouldn't provide an opt-out clause. Like the University of Texas where a majority of students have said they don't want this. Why aren't we listening to the people who actually live and work on campus," said Moms Demand Action member Alexandra Chasse.
However, the support for the bill is also apparent as displayed by the action in the Senate Wednesday. Texas Senators must vote a final time before they can officially pull the trigger and send the bill to the House.